The employee ownership team at Station 43 Tavern just wants to say thanks

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The Station 43 patio is still open and in full swing, and there are more opportunities to enjoy the “Cheers”-like atmosphere outside. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Beth Newcomb

For over a decade, Station 43 Tavern in Solon has been a go-to place for people who want the feel-good vibe that can only come from a locally owned establishment. Lisa Randazzo-Ross, who is part of the Station 43 employee ownership team that includes Anthony Fiorelli, likes to describe the feel at her beloved eatery as “Cheers”-like.

“This is the place where everybody knows your name,” she smiles. “We make it a point to connect with our customers, and our regulars love coming here as much for our delicious dishes as for the genuinely warm camaraderie.”

Anthony Fiorelli, managing owner

The good vibrations from patrons have been especially uplifting during what can only be described as a trying time.

“Everyone is short on staff,” Lisa says. “That’s no secret. And we’re affected just like every other restaurant in Northeast Ohio. The difference is that here our customers have been so supportive and kind. They know we’re trying to ‘do it all’ with a limited staff, and we appreciate their patience as we continue to navigate the changing norms.”

Lisa Randazzo-Ross, managing owner

Staff members at Station 43 continue to work overtime to meet the demand, and Lisa says anyone interested in a culinary or food service career with the team should stop in to apply or fill out an application on their website, Station43Tavern.com.

Jill Davis, front of house supervisor

Lisa says spirits are high among staff members, despite the additional workload, and she and Anthony are particularly excited about the new Station 43 offerings for fall. While they and Chef Brian Swaney put the finishing touches on the next seasonal menu, she says they’re officially announcing the start of clambake season—right here, right now.

Chef Brian Swaney

“We’re doing clams by the dozen every day in October,” Chef Brian says. “We’re also rolling out our full-blown clambake every Thursday night during the same time. People love our bakes, and this year they’re the best yet.”

Included in your sizzling Station 43 clambake are a dozen clams, chicken, a cup of clam chowder, a potato and corn on the cob. Check the website for pricing.

It’s almost time for clambake season. Visit Station 43 every Thursday in October for a full bake, or any day for a dozen clams.

Oh, and if you prefer to take advantage of these last few balmy days dining al fresco, the Station 43 outdoor patio is still hot and happening.

“Our patio is open throughout the year, weather permitting,” adds Lisa. “People are still flocking here to enjoy the warmer days. They just want to be outside.”

Pictured is Donte Washington, a valuable all-around team member who pitches in behind the bar, serving and in the kitchen.

With plenty of outdoor seating and a big-screen TV broadcasting all the big games, Lisa says the patio just gives them more room to continue to be safe while providing the opportunity for people to connect socially. “We continue to adhere to all of the safety protocols without sacrificing our warm and welcoming feel,” she notes.

Anthony says a lot of people visit the Station to kick back and relax after a challenging workday, and he suggests doing it with their famous Pumpkin Martini while it’s available. But he also says they are widely known for their seasonal draft beers, so every libation leaning is covered.

Pictured is Jessica Milani, a dedicated member of the Station 43 team who you’ll find making creative cocktails and serving.

“Our prices are very affordable,” Lisa notes. “With people continuing to venture out to restaurants, we’re thrilled they choose to come here. We like to think it’s because of our atmosphere, but for a lot of people it’s about the food. We give you a lot for a little bit of money.”

Pumpkin Martini

Station 43 Tavern is located at 39910 Aurora Road, in Solon. Current hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; temporarily closed Sunday and closed Monday. Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Ask your server for your own lunch punch card. The phone number is 440-836-0043 and you can call ahead for seating or reservations. The web address is Station43Tavern.com where you’ll find dining and catering menus. Like the restaurant on Facebook @Station43Tavern. The restaurant offers free Wi-Fi and a free dinner entrée to anyone turning 43 with a valid I.D.

Categories: Eastside Food & Dining